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Submission + - Learn FPGAs with a $25 board and Open Source Tools->

An anonymous reader writes: Hackaday has a 3 part tutorial with videos of using open source tools with a cheap ($25) FPGA board. The board isn't very powerful, but this could be the "gateway drug" to FPGAs for people who don't want to spend hundreds of dollars and install 100s of megabytes of software and license keys just to get their feet wet. The videos are particularly good--like watching them over their shoulder. As far as I know, this is the only totally open source FPGA toolchain out there.
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Submission + - Breathing Beijing's Air is The Equivalent of Smoking Almost 40 Cigarettes a Day ->

iONiUM writes: From the economist: "Pollution is sky-high everywhere in China. Some 83% of Chinese are exposed to air that, in America, would be deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency either to be unhealthy or unhealthy for sensitive groups. Almost half the population of China experiences levels of PM2.5 that are above America’s highest threshold. That is even worse than the satellite data had suggested."

They go on to say "Berkeley Earth’s scientific director, Richard Muller, says breathing Beijing’s air is the equivalent of smoking almost 40 cigarettes a day and calculates that air pollution causes 1.6m deaths a year in China, or 17% of the total. A previous estimate, based on a study of pollution in the Huai river basin (which lies between the Yellow and Yangzi rivers), put the toll at 1.2m deaths a year—still high."

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Submission + - Her Car Broke Down And She Needed Help->

Om Gea writes: If you drove past someone pulled over to the side of the road, would you stop to help them? YouTuber Prank Baaz believed that people would be more likely to help a stranded female than a stranded male, so he created an experiment. He pretended his car had broken down and spent 30 minutes under the hood of the car attempting to repair it. In those 30 minutes, no one stopped to help him. He then disguised himself as a female in the same situation–and literally stopped traffic. However, most of the people who pulled over for the lady in distress didn't actually help–they stopped to stare and take pictures!
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Submission + - Microsoft can now remotely disable pirated games, if you're running them on Wind->

totalcaos writes: Privacy concerns as Windows 10 EULA gives Microsoft the ability to remotely disable or un-install counterfeit software and games. How Microsoft will go about detecting this is still unknown, but raises real concerns as according to this Microsoft will be able to tell whats installed on you computer!
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Submission + - Plastic straw lodged inside turtle's nostril removed by biologists [Graphic]->

hypnosec writes: A plastic straw measuring roughly 10-12 cm, which was lodged inside one of the nostrils of an endangered turtle, has been removed by a team of researchers providing yet another example of how dangerous plastic can be. The straw was lodged inside one of the nostrils of an Olive Ridley turtle. The video shows how the team of marine biologists removed the straw using a pair of pliers on a Swiss army knife while the turtle was wincing in pain and bleeding.
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Submission + - Documents reveal details behind AT&T-NSA partnership

An anonymous reader writes: According to newly disclosed NSA documents, in 2003 AT&T led the way on a new collection capability that the NSA said amounted to a "'live' presence on the global net" and forwarded 400 billion Internet metadata records in one of its first months of operation. The documents cover a 10-year period from 2003-2013 and show that the company even gave the NSA technical assistance, revealing its own employees took part in the spying. Ars reports: "The cooperation involved a variety of classified programs that span decades, in one case more than 15 years before the September 11 terrorist attacks. In addition to providing the NSA with access to billions of e-mails flowing across its domestic networks, AT&T helped wiretap all Internet communications at the United Nations headquarters, which is, or at least was, an AT&T customer, according to the article, which was jointly reported and written by reporters from The New York Times and ProPublica. The article, which relied on NSA documents leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden, said that AT&T competitor Verizon participated in some of the same activities, but on a much smaller scale. One NSA document reminded officials to be polite when visiting AT&T sites since the arrangement was a 'partnership, not a contractual relationship.'"

Submission + - Firefox's Silent Requests

An anonymous reader writes: Unlike older versions of Firefox, more recent versions will make a request to a destination server just by hovering over a link. No CSS, no JavaScript, no prefetch required. Try it for yourself. Disable CSS and JavaScript and fire up iftop or Windows Resource Monitor, hover over some links and watch the fun begin. There once was a time when you hovered over a link to check the 'real link' before you clicked on it. Well no more. Just looking at it makes a 'silent request'.

This behavior is the result of the Mozilla speculative connect API . Here is a bug referencing the API when hovering over a thumbnail on the new tab page. And another bug requesting there be an option to turn it off. Strangely enough the latter bug is still labeled WONTFIX even though the solution is in the comments (setting network.http.speculative-parallel-limit to 0).

Firefox's own How to stop Firefox from making automatic connections also mentions setting network.http.speculative-parallel-limit to 0 to to stop predictive connections when a user "hovers their mouse over thumbnails on the New Tab Page or the user starts to search in the Search Bar" but no mention regarding hovering over a normal link. Good thing setting network.http.speculative-parallel-limit to 0 does appear to disable speculative connect on normal links too.

One can expect Firefox to make requests in the background to its own servers for things such as checking for updates to plugins etc. But silently making requests to random links on a page (and connecting to those servers) simply by hovering over them is something very different.

Submission + - ProxyHam Debunked and Demoed at DEFCON->

darthcamaro writes: Last month, the ProxyHam project talk for DEFCON was mysteriously cancelled. In it's place as a later edition is a new talk, in which the ProxyHam approach will be detailed and debunked — in a session called '“HamSammich”. In a video preview of the talk, Rob Graham and Dave Maynor detail the flaws of ProxyHam and how to do the same thing with off the shelf gear, legally.
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